Ursula Le Guin – Vale

I’ve written a lot about Ursula Le Guin over the years. What reason could there be to write again? To celebrate her writing in the wake of her death. Considering she died this week I think it only appropriate to start with a photo of the books of hers we happen to have on the […]

Changing Planes – Ursula le Guin

I picked up this book specifically because it’s Ursula le Guin, she’s written a lot of books and all the ones I’ve read have been very good, I found this was the odd one out and I should explain. Changing Planes is a series of short stories written as if for the tourist industry, whether […]

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin

I’ve been reading a lot of books and a lot of reference material but very little in the way of novels for the blog so you’ll have to be content with one of my textbooks instead. I have awesome textbooks, I may repeat this statement. I first read this book in the 1970s but I was […]

L is for Ursula K. Le Guin

There is only one possible author for today’s article and that is Ursula K. Le Guin. Her books are from my childhood and so many other people’s childhoods. We’re talking the Earthsea Quartet and you can see the first book, The Wizard of Earthsea, in this photo. And then we’re talking Rocannon’s World and The Left Hand […]

Alphabet by Author – Female Science Fiction Authors Summary

And here is the summary for female science fiction authors. I seem to have got it right this time and not missed a single letter. I’ll find some lucky male author for K for next week and add him into the summary before I make a final decision whether to continue with a new alphabet. I’ve loved […]

K is for Ellen Klages

Today I’ve ummm and ahhhed about which author to cover, I’ve opened far too many Wikipedia pages and gradually whittled them away to half a dozen only to then go through each author again until I finally only had two people. Do I go with Jean E Karl who edited Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K […]

Vale: Jack Vance

Jack Vance was one of the forerunners of modern science fiction, helping Michael Moorcock define the characteristic ambience of Science Fantasy and influencing many of the best writers in the science fiction/fantasy fields. Writers such as Jack L Chalker, Avram Davidson and Ursula K Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, George R. R. Martin and Gene Wolfe among many others. Vance […]

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

Randomly Shelves or Something

My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

50 Books Everyone Needs to Read

While browsing this morning I found this article on 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963 – 2013. It may be a good list, they may even be important books but I don’t know as I haven’t read any of them, there are two I might possibly have read but so long ago I don’t […]

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